Wednesday, 22 December 2010

Support your local library

The second one is to support your local library challenge. I definitely need to do this for 2 reasons. 1. I am trying to be tidier and I just have too many books in my house, and secondly, I really cannot afford to keep buying books at the rate I am. So I commit to reading at least 30 library books this year.

1. The Last Testament by Sam Bourne
2. Dunction Wood  by William Horwood
3. The Hobbit by J.R.R Tolkien
4. Hullabaloo in the guava orchard by Kiran Desai
5. Fire Ice by Clive Cussler
6. The Disposessed by Ursula K. Le Guin
7. My fabolous divorce by Clare Dowling
8. The Lion, the witch and the wardrobe by C.S Lewis
9. The Fellowship of the Rings by J.R.R Tolkien
10. The Horse and his boy by C.S. Lewis
11. The Messiah Code by Michael Cordy
12. The Lizard's bite by David Hewson
13. Earth and Heaven by Sue Gee
14. Mothers day by Kirsty Scott
15. The lizards bite by David Hewson
16. Too good to be true by Sheila O'Flanagan
17. The silver chair by C.S. Lewis
18. The way we were by Marcia Willett
19. The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown
20. The double Eagle by James Twining
21. Jump by Jilly Cooper
22. Dantes Numbers by David Hewson
23. The two towers by J.R.R Tolkien
24. The last battle by C.S Lewis
25. Absolution by Caro Ramsey
26. King Solomon's mines by H.Rider Haggard
27. New York by Edward Rutherford
28. Getting Home by Celia Brayfield
29. Sandstone by James Rollins
30. Sepulchre by Kate Mosse
31. There are ants in my sugar by Annica Foxcroft
32. The black sun by James Twining
33. 206 bones by Kathy Reichs
34. Pompeii by Robert Harris
35.The secret servant by Daniel Silva
36. Break no Bones by Kathy Reichs
37. The return of the king by J.R.R Tolkien
38. The killing place by Tess Gerritsen
39. Labyrinth by Kate Mosse
40. The last Oracle by James Rollins
41. The 5 greatest warriors by Matthew Reilly
42. The Marsh kings daughter by Elizabeth Chadwick
43. Fatal Attraction by Carol Smith
44. To the moon and back by Jill Mansell
45. The gift by Cecilia Ahern
46. Bare Bones by Kathy Reichs
47. The Forest by Edward Rutherford

New Author challenges

A couple more reading challenges that I have found on the internet. First one is New Author Challenge. This will be a really good one for me since, although I do read all genres I tend to read the same authors repeatedly. I will start off easily for 2011 and commit to reading 15 new authors for this year. It wont be new authors as in debuts, but as in new to me. This will link to all my reviews.

1. Marie Heece
2. Kiran Desai
3. Farida Karodia
4. Kingdom by Tom Martin
5. The Disposessessed by Ursula K.Le Guin
6. The Genesis code by John Case
7. Bodyguard by Suzanne Brockman
8. The Messiah Code by Michael Cordy
9. Mothers Day by Kirsty Scott
10. Zambesi by Tony Park
11. Solitude of Emperors David Davidar
12. A Home for Rose by Jon Katz
13. Sex and the City by Candace Bushnell
14. City of Light Lauren Belfaur
15. Absolution by Caro Ramsey
16. King Solomon's mines by H. Rider Haggard
17. The White Queen by Phillippa Gregory
18. Polar Star by Martin Cruz Smith
19. Getting Home by Celia Brayfield
20. Bones to Ashes by Kathy Reichs
21. Tell it to the skies by Erica James
22. Sandstone by James Rollin
23. Sepulchre by Kate Mosse
24. Fat Tuesday by Sandra Brown
25. There are ants in my sugar by Annica Foxcroft
26. Born to run by Michael Morpugo
27. Pompeii by Robert Harris
28. The secret servant by Daniel Silva
29. Quicksilver by Sam Osman
30. The Mephisto Club by Tess Gerritsen
31. The Lion by Nelson De Mille
32. Cracks by Sheila Kohler

Tuesday, 21 December 2010

Lord of The Rings Read a long

Ok, here is another one I have decided to join in. When I saw this I thought it might be difficult. Having done (and probably wont quite finish) the Wheel of Time journey this year I thought that another long book challenge may be difficult. But since we have 3 months to read each book, I am sure I will be able to keep up with it. I just love The Lord of The Rings and havent read it for ages, so will enjoy reading them again
1. The Fellowship of the ring
2. The two towers
3. Return of the King

Saturday, 4 December 2010

Perfect Christmas

This Christmas I am really missing my family. When I was growing up I always had my sister and my cousins around and always felt part of something. I loved the big family Christmasses we had and how we all got together and spent time with each other. I feel sad that Brenda doesn't get to experience that. Now that my cousins have all moved away we very rarely get to have those gatherings anymore. The only person who comes these days is Dayle, my sister and she comes with all of her own issues. I would love to go to PE for Christmas but it is just not practical for us all to get down there. In short,my ideal Christmas would have lots of family!
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Friday, 3 December 2010

JYC Day 3

I usually aim to do Christmas cards well in advance and when Brenda was a baby I always succeeded, in fact one year I sent them out in early NOVEMBER! However, since she has been at school it has become harder and harder, and I generally end up posting them in Mid-December. This year I made a few in January and February and then stopped and never started again. Oh well, there is always next year. I do like to write something personal in each card, but it doesnt always happen!
Kept the page simple again with just a couple of paper scraps and one of the cards that I made at the beginning of the year.

Thursday, 2 December 2010

JYC Day 2

Since the school year is over, Brenda's class have been doing loads of fun things this week. One of the things they had to do was some sort of demonstration. Brenda chose to do these cream puff type things which my friend Andria makes. They have a cream/instant pudding based filling and since it has been boiling hot lately, I spent a sleepness night worrying that the filling would either spoil or melt by the time that she got to do the demonstration. Children can be so sensitive and I knew she would be devastated if it was a disaster. Imagine my delight when I woke up this morning to overcast, cool conditions, just perfect weather for the demo, and the kids loved their treats! This prompt came at just the right time.
I am keeping the pages really simple this year in an effort to keep up, and will keep it pretty much based on this template. My printer has decided to not print photos nicely today, so will have to reprint the photo of the palm tree. I will add todays temperatures later.

Wednesday, 1 December 2010

Journal Your Christmas

The first day of JYC has arrived and it was so nice to turn on the computer this morning and find the prompt in my inbox. I always feel that once this arrives, Christmas is upon us. I have actually done my page although it was a bit of a cheat from Shimelle, lol. I am not feeling well today, so decided to keep it simple. I really want to keep up this year, so plan on sticking with a simlar basic lo and just changing the photos each day.